Collage with masks & blends
Learn how to make a delightful vintage-inspired collage
With an assortment of images, textures and shapes at your command, layer your way to a delightful vintage collage
Having a go at producing a collage can be a great excursion away from your routine creative endeavours. Those of you who’ve done collages (either on the screen or in the physical world) know the process can be more of a feel-your-way journey than a rigid step-by-step. As such, collage work can be quite liberating for your imagination. It’s like jumping into your car with a semi-clear destination, ditching GPS and letting intuition grab the steering wheel. Now, you might very well take longer than expected, get joyously lost or even discover a hidden avenue leading to an alternate ending.
With this in mind, follow the tutorial knowing there’s no concrete prescription for collage work. Sure, there are tendencies and helpful techniques, and the order in which you layer and blend can help you more efficiently produce vintage vibes and other effects, but there is freedom.
You can perform each step down to the letter, constructing an image as close to the one printed on the magazine page as possible… or you can regard the steps as flighty guideposts, taking turns and detours whenever you like, no matter what the street signs say. If you’re going the latter route, feel free to bring along your own photos and textures.